Clever uses for citrus peel
Citrus peel is good for so much more than just garnish!
Instead of composting your peels, try one of these clever uses instead.
Dried citrus peels make a great fire starter. To dry them, put in an oven on very low heat or let dry out by sitting on the counter for a few days.
A few citrus peels at the bottom of your bin can help eliminate and absorb unwanted smells.
Natural cleaning solution
Many people are turning to natural cleaning solutions instead of chemical cleaners. A simple solution of vinegar and water is very effective; adding citrus peel to the mixture will help give it a natural, fresh scent!
Diffuse a gentle scent
You can mimic the effect of an essential oil diffuser by gently simmering some lemon peel in water on your stovetop.
Freshen your wardrobe
Dried citrus peels can be used to freshen your wardrobe, cupboards and drawers. Stuff a handful of dried citrus peel into an old stocking or sachet and place wherever you want a light, fresh scent.
Place citrus peel and water in a microwave-safe bowl and zap for five minutes. Afterwards, any built-up gunk should wipe away easily.
Rub citrus peel along the windowsill where ants are entering – they don’t like the scent of citrus and will naturally stay away.
Soften brown sugar
A piece of citrus rind placed into a container or jar of brown sugar will help keep it from going hard.
Cats also hate the scent of citrus peel – if a neighbouring cat regularly wanders into your garden, citrus peels placed around your garden or shrubbery will help keep them away.
Do you know any clever use for citrus peels? Share your wisdom in the comments below!
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